BALTIMORE -– Miguel Gonzalez’s rehab start in Bowie on Wednesday night went well. He threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits.
Gonzalez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, and he’s eligible to return on Sunday.
“I’m excited to get back. Yesterday was good, finishing on a good note,” Gonzalez said. “I’m happy to be back in action, back pitching.”
Gonzalez didn’t feel any effects from the oblique.
“At first, I was a little timid. The first inning, trying it out. After that, I got loose and felt good throughout the whole game. I was happy about it,” Gonzalez said.
Manager Buck Showalter said that Gonzalez could start one of the games at Tampa Bay, but indicated that Wei-Yin Chen would start on regular rest on Monday. Showalter also said that Gonzalez could make another rehab start if warranted.
After seeing Bud Norris, Chris Tillman and Chen hold Boston to one run in 21 innings, Gonzalez is even more eager to return.
“It’s exciting. That’s what we want as starters, to get into that role and go longer in games. I’m happy for all my boys,” Gonzalez said.